L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream is a fairly simple product that does what it is intended to do: moisturize hands. The formula is very smooth and rubs in easily. It is a white balm that is smooth as butter.  It is smooth and spreads very easily, meaning that you don’t need too much to have soft hands. It is moisturizing and you can tell that it is on your hands. I wouldn’t call it greasy but you can tell that it is there. It isn’t sticky or slippery. The formula doesn’t get all over my steering wheel or on my paperback books. However, I do have super dry hands that go through hell in a work day. As a speech therapist, I wear latex gloves frequently and I use alcohol based hand sanitizers and I use harsh “institution” grade hand soaps so many times throughout the day. My hands are often tight feeling and ashy. I have been having a real problem with “ashiness” during the cold weather.

There is a scent but it is faint. I only smell it while I am rubbing in the cream. I would say that this scent lingers around for about 2-5 minutes on me. I get a super soft aroma of a tropical bouquet of ylang-ylang and jasmine. But, like I said, it doesn’t stay around. I do like this. I am a fragrance nut and I don’t really want my hand cream interfering with my choice of fragrance for the day. And I do love anything jasmine even it is there but only for a short amount of time. This provides a quick fragrance pick-me-up.

The packaging is cute but not very practical. I do wish that it had a flip cap so I could open and close it with one hand. It is no fun dropping that cap and having it roll under the bed.

The formula contains 20% shea butter, vitamin E, sweet almond oil extract and other nourishing ingredients.

It is a nice product but it is expensive at $26 for just over 5 ounces. I know I will buy it again but I won’t be purchasing a tube for my purse, my desk, my car, one for each bathroom, etc. I can’t afford that. Smaller sizes are available and throughout the year gift sets are offered. It is available at DERMAdoctor.

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We all have to wash our hands, so why don’t we make that process a bit more enjoyable. This Palmer’s hand wash is a slightly opalescent liquid that really doesn’t strip the hands of moisture. I like it much better than Bath and Body Works “moisturizing” hand washes. Those just strip my hands dry and I swear make them crack. This product doesn’t. Plus, it has a faint chocolate like odor that lingers on the skin. It’s a nice comforting fragrance that isn’t offensive or competitive. This goes for about $4 and can be purchased on Palmer’s website. I occasionally see at the drugstore. When I do, I usually pick up a couple of bottles.


I’m not one to use hand creams too often. I like a few of Burt’s Bees and a few rosewater types. I did purchase this one. It appears to be a pretty basic hand cream. It has a soft “olive” fragrance that is often used in “natural” skincare items like Olivina. So, the scent isn’t offensive but it won’t compete with your other fragrances. It isn’t too greasy and in comparison to other hand creams, it actually absorbs pretty quickly. The difference: this is not a cream but a treatment. This means no more rough patches! It is like this hand cream eats it. It smooths the hands out. They feel really soft and almost like they have been “buffed”. So you are moisturized, sleek, but still really soft.  No greasy palms or scary stiff mannequin hands here. It contains amino acids and a bunch of other stuff. Unlike other creams you do not apply this throughout the day. Once in the morning and once at night is enough to have smooth hands. If you are really dry or if you have a job that is heavy on the handwashing, you will need to apply another cream or more of this throughout the day. The small bottle (not pictured) retails for $12 for 3.8 ounces. I have the large pump which is 8 ounces and it retails for $26. It lasts a long time since I only need to apply it twice daily. I know Ulta carries this line and it is available online from the company’s website. I will repurchase when I run out. And don’t get me started on how much I love the foot cream. Plus, they are a Washington based company, so I have to support them. And do you know that they do custom fragrance blending? I’m thinking something like Fresh Cut Grass and Lily of the Valley with a base note of Egyptian Musk for spring or something with the Fig Tree note.

I hope that you have used this product by now but if you haven’t you should. Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme is a rich natural nail treatment with a zesty lemon peel scent. It comes in an adorable, small, vintage looking, yellow tin. It contains sweet almond oil, Vitamin E and cocoa butter in a beeswax base.

My cuticles are ragged, haggard messes that are often dry and painful. I wash my hands a lot and wear nasty latex gloves at my job. Plus, my housework and I have a bad habit of cutting cuticles which is not good. After using this product for a few days, my cuticles are much better. They are softer but stronger. Plus I love the lemon fragrance in this stuff and the rich texture. Like all Burt’s Bees products, this is high quality stuff. It retails for $6 and is available at most drugstore, DERMAdoctor and drugstore.com. And a little goes a long way and you only need to apply it once daily.

First and foremost, this stuff smells good enough to eat and I wish they made a fragrance of it. I would love a body spray of this. It has a rich milky raw almond fragrance that is like a fine Italian dessert and smells like a lot of fine Italian soaps. Love it. The packaging is kind of cute because it looks vintage. It’s plain and simple with a cute cow.

The hand cream is enriched with lots of nourishing stuff like sweet almond oil (my fave moisturizer in the world because it contains lots of proteins and acids), aloe vera, vitamin E and it is all set in beeswax. The texture is thick but will absorb especially if your hands are as dry as mine. My job makes me wear latex/rubber gloves and plus wash my hands a lot. This stuff really keeps my hands from splitting open from my everyday wear and tear. Not to mention house cleaning, etc. I don’t use this stuff after every hand washing like the company suggests. My life doesn’t offer me that much luxury. I use it every night and it works wonders with just using it once a day.

It retails for $8 and is available at most drugstores, Target and online at burtsbees.com and drugstore.com.